Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 3

1957 Gay Wedding Interior

In case you just tuned in, I’m exploring a series of photos taken in 1957 of a wedding between two men. The photo shop refused to return the photos, which were saved by a store employee and sold on EBay many years later. The ONE Archives also received copies of the images and is trying to identify the men in the pictures. Before looking at the gents and the ceremony, I thought it would be helpful to examine the decor of the home where the event took place.

Previously:

Part 1 | Part 2

We have another shot of the tidy home, presumably somewhere in Philadelphia.

The first thing I noticed was the fancy radio in the corner. I’m not really sure what it’s doing up there, but there it is.

1957 Gay Wedding Interior
I can’t be positive, but the radio appears to be a Grundig, possibly a model 1040.

image

Grundig Majestic, Philadelphia, 1957

Here’s a similar model listed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1957. Adjusted for inflation, this radio cost $1,534.26 in 2019 dollars. So it’s fairly clear that whoever lives here has that sort of money and cares enough about music to indulge in a fairly exotic radio.

Then we have more artwork. Lots more artwork.

1957 Gay Wedding Interior
These two artworks seem to be part of a set with the picture of the Colonial seamstress in yesterday’s post.

1957 Gay Wedding Interior
Also we have six pictures in another style – possibly buildings. And what appears to be a portrait in the center. All carefully framed.

1957 Gay Wedding Interior

1957 Gay Wedding Interior

And those lamps. If they don’t scream “mid-century” I don’t know what does.

To be continued.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in 1957, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Philadelphia, Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 3

  1. Pingback: Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 4 |

  2. Randi says:

    It looks like the weird architectural area where the radio lives is a staircase that was built over. I think it’s an apartment converted from a house or somesuch.

    Like

  3. Earl Boebert says:

    A little image diddling shows horizontal trim bands on the case, so I suggest the radio is a Braun rather than a Grundig. FWIW, which is not much 🙂

    Like

    • lmharnisch says:

      Thanks! I wasn’t positive that it was a Grundig but it seemed to be in that style. Definitely not a GE, RCA, etc. I thought it might have been a Zenith Transoceanic, but that’s wrong too.

      Like

  4. Pingback: Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 5 |

  5. Pingback: Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 6 |

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.